Advertisement
Advertisement

Mendez Tabs Trainer Virgil Hunter For Salgado Rematch

By Jake Donovan

Argenis Mendez will become the latest fighter to join the growing stable of 2011 Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter, Boxingscene.com learned Tuesday afternoon.

The move comes as Mendez is set to begin preparations for his upcoming rematch with 130 lb. titlist Juan Carlos Salgado. The rematch takes place on March 2 at a yet-to-be-determined location in California, and serves in chief support to a heavyweight eliminator between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne.

“We’re excited about training with Coach Hunter and for Argenis to learn from one of the top trainers in the sport,” said Jose Nunez, Mendez’ manager.

Mendez (20-2, 10KO) will join Hunter in Northern California on Friday, and will hit the ground running as they will immediately move into training camp for what will be his second crack at a title.

Hunter is best known for serving as the head trainer for Andre Ward for as long as the unbeaten super middleweight king has been boxing, pro or amateur. Their work together reached an all-time high point in 2011, when Ward topped Carl Froch to win the Showtime Super Six tournament as well as distinction as the true lineal super middleweight king.

With that came a slew of awards, including Ward and Hunter gaining year-end tops honors as fighter and trainer, respectively. Hunter has since seen a significant increase in clientele, including the addition of Amir Khan and Alfredo Angulo among several others.

Now included among the lot is Mendez, who was previously working with noted UK trainer Lee Beard.

“It’s a good move for Argenis, though he has learned a lot from Lee as well,” said Nunez. “We really like working with Lee and Argenis was able to grow as a fighter as a result. After discussing as a team, we just felt that a few changes were needed. The opportunity was there to work with Mr. Hunter, and we believe Argenis will continue to improve even more as a fighter.”

Mendez came up short against Salgado on the road in Mexico in their September ’11 vacant 130 lb. title fight. The night was a tale of two fights, with Salgado starting strong and Mendez coming on in the second half, including a 12th round knockdown. However, his rally proved too little too late once the scorecards were tallied.

The Dominican boxer has since scored two wins, including a repeat points win over Martin Honorio last July - having previously bested him in May '10 - to earn a mandatory title shot. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by megas30 on 01-09-2013

Damn, everyone really has his/her time. How far Freddy has fallen, I remember couple years ago, it was him who everyone was clamoring for, but now it's Virgil time to shine. Make the best of it, Virgil! Way to go!!!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Jack Asis Calls it a Day, Decides To Retire From Boxing Cuadras: Chocolatito is Too Small, I Will Get The Job Done Don King: Povetkin-Stiverne Can Go To Russia, Putin is My Friend Sugar Ray Leonard on What Brook Needs To Shock Golovkin Juanma Calls Vazquez a Clown, Reveals Details of Catch-Weight Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Canelo, Khan, Golovkin-Brook, More Sergio Mora: That Was No Knockdown vs. Jacobs; Was All My Ankle Video: Kell Brook Glowing With Confidence as Golovkin Nears Joshua-Pulev, Parker-Price, Whyte-Chisora Triple on 11/26? Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Joshua's Return, DeGale, Jack, Smith Amir Khan: I Want The Danny Garcia Fight, I Want Him in May Malignaggi vs. El Mousaoui in Line For EBU Clash, Bundu Stripped Brook: I've Faced Death, Golovkin is Fun - I'll Rip Into Him! Canelo: When My Body is Ready, I'll Take on Anyone and Everyone Tyrone Brunson vs. Ismael Garcia Tops 10/14 Card in Philly Joseph Diaz Jr. Feels He’s Close to a Title Shot After Cancio Fight Joseph Parker's Handlers Interested in Facing David Price Next Daniel Jacobs Wants To ‘Hurt’ Sergio Mora, ‘Shut That Trap Of His’ Canelo: Golovkin-Brook? GGG Should Have Shut His Mouth! Joseph Parker's Coach Discusses Strategy For Dimitrenko Clash Clearing The Deck For The Fall: BoxingScene Ratings Update Golovkin Ready To Jump Right Back To The UK For Saunders Fight Gamache Warns Not To Underestimate Svensson in Lauren Bout Chisora To Whyte: Let's Do It and I'll Whoop Your Ass - It's Easy! Canelo Jabs Critics: Nobody Will Pressure Me Into Golovkin Fight! Chocolatito To Finish With 113 Rounds of Sparring For Cuadras Imminent Big Fights Prompt 2017 Wish List Canelo Smiles: Lara Calling Out GGG, Golovkin Won't Fight Him! Danny Roman Hopes To Continue Raising His Competition Joseph Parker's Younger Brother To Make Pro Debut on October 1 David Lemieux Had Surgery To Repair a Torn Meniscus Jean-Claude Van Damme Wants Mayweather-Pacquiao II Eric Molina: If No David Price - Bring on David Haye Showdown! Del Valle Provides a Tough Litmus Test For De La Hoya, Team Says Canelo: I'm Making History - Golovkin is Older and Fought Nobody! Rosado, Monroe Exchange Harsh Words Ahead of Sept. 17 Fight Ray Edwards, Former NFL Veteran, Inks Boxing Promotional Pact Rosado-Monroe Winner Could Get Canelo Next, Says Golden Boy VP Diego De La Hoya: Just Having The Last Name is Not Enough Jermall Charlo is NOT Yet on Board For Julian Williams Defense
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement